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Upcoming Events as of February 12th, 2020
23.02.2020

March 9th at 18.30 CanCham' Corner at the Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa

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Report on CanCham’s Focus on Professional Women 22.02.2020

 
 

For pictures, see CanCham's Focus in Professional Women

The CanCham together with the Canadian Embassy in Latvia initiated a new program at the suggestion of Irena Cirule, the Commercial Officer at Canadian Embassy in Latvia with a Focus on Professional Women on Wednesday, February 19th at 18.30 at the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel. Gentlemen were enthusiastic listeners.

Una Brűna, Vice President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia and General Manager of the Latvian American Eye Centre, welcomed our guests by recognizing the Canadian Embassy in Latvia  which sponsored the Canadian wines offered as a welcome drink and Medîgas which provided flowers to adorn the dinner tables. We also welcomed two new corporate members Baiba Krűmiňa from AMETROS, Arta Baţovska  of VentEko, and individual member Sintija Frienberga who provides tax consulting and accounting services. Corporate Contributing members Exupery International School and Savoie Arbitration, and Senior Corporate Members Singh's Restaurants and Indian Raja Indian Restaurant were recognized for their support of the CanCham. Next event will be a special CanCham Corner Celebrating “International Women’s  Day” (Sievieđu diena) with a Spa and Zole night at the Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa on Monday, March 9th at 18.30 preceded with meetings of the Construction Services and Health & Leisure Groups at 17.30

We were pleased to welcome Tuija Seipell on her first visit from Canada, a Canadian speaker, business advisor & long-time editor at TheCoolHunter.net. She works in customer experience, design, trends, retail, branding, tourism, creativity, innovation & emotions, especially courage & hope. Clients & collaborations include Nike, Harley Davidson & IDEO & organisations across Europe & North America. Tuija's strong business background, Scandinavian sensibilities & North-American business & life experience give her a unique, strategic, big-picture perspective.

The theme of Tuija’s talk was; What does it take to build a successful business – preferably with your sanity intact! covering issues such as customer-centricity, values and trends, and the importance on focusing on objectives, the importance of having your customers “love” you and the need to avoid unpleasant situations for clients.

Tuija was followed by Julie O’Donohue of the Exupery International School who spoke about her experiences that brought her to Latvia from Canada via Azerbaijan and South Korea in the role of an educator and leader in the teaching profession, and how she left the safe confines of Canada in a leap of faith to explore the world. Her numerous experiences were educational experiences in themselves, but also reflected the chauvinism In various sectors of society, and what women need to put up with to serve humanity. Quite enlightening! On top of that, Julie supplemented her two Bachelor’s degrees with a recently completed master’s degree, the latter during fulfilling the duties in a full time position in and unfamiliar country. We can only congratulate Julie on her fortitude and energy and wish her all the best in her next steps.

We then enjoyed the two course dinner with glass of house wine or beer will included a grilled beetroot with nut crumbs, grilled cheese, lettuce, pickled carrots and hemp oil starter followed by a main course of either grilled duck breast served with sweet pumpkin puree, apple gel, lightly fried asparagus and red wine sauce with goji berries OR grilled cod served with grilled vegetables, pak choi, quinoa and white wine sauce at the Restaurant C.U.T.

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CanCham’s Focus on Professional Women in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy in Latvia, on Wednesday, February 19th at 18.30 at the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel 11.02.2020

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Dear CanCham Members and Friends,

We now step aside to allow the Ladies to be heard and invite you to the CanCham’s Focus on Professional Women in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy in Latvia, on Wednesday, February 19th at 18.30 at the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Elizabetes iela 73. Gentlemen welcome to come and listen.

We are pleased to welcome Tuija Seipell (http://www.tuijaseipell.com/on her first visit from Canada, a Canadian speaker, business advisor & long-time editor at TheCoolHunter.net. She works in customer experience, design, trends, retail, branding, tourism, creativity, innovation & emotions, especially courage & hope. Clients & collaborations include Nike, Harley Davidson & IDEO & organisations across Europe & North America. Tuija's strong business background, Scandinavian sensibilities & North-American business & life experience give her a unique, strategic, big-picture perspective.
 

The theme of Tuija’s talk will be; What does it take to build a successful business – preferably with your sanity intact! She will cover issues such as customer-centricity, values and trends and leave lots of time for discussion and questions.

The entrance charge includes dinner and Canadian wine sponsored by the Canadian Embassy in Latvia. The two course dinner with glass of house wine or beer will include a grilled beetroot with nut crumbs, grilled cheese, lettuce, pickled carrots and hemp oil starter followed by a main course of either grilled duck breast served with sweet pumpkin puree, apple gel, lightly fried asparagus and red wine sauce with goji berries OR grilled cod served with grilled vegetables, pak choi, quinoa and white wine sauce.

Date: Wednesday, February 19th 
Time:18.30 to 21.30
PlaceRadisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Elizabetes iela 73,
 https://www.radissonblu.com/en/elizabetehotel-riga
  
Cost: €28.00 for members
 others pay €38.00
Register:Please register here!
 (To join as a member, use the following link: http://cancham.lv/about-cancham/application)
  
Program:18.30    Arrivals / Networking
 19.00    Introduction by Una Brűna, VP of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
 19.05    Tuija Seipell 
 19.45    Julie O’Donohue, Exupery International School
 20.00    Dinner is served / Networking
  
Language:English
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Yours Sincerely,
Ed Kalvins, Chairman 

Seating capacity is limited. We encourage early registration. Advance payment is appreciated. Preference will be given to paid guests. Unpaid registrations may be cancelled should the venue be fully booked. (CanCham reserves the right to charge registered persons who do not cancel their reservations by 17:00, February 18th, 2020.)
 

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Report on Focus on Canada: Trade, Business & Export Development 06.02.2020

 
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The CanCham was pleased to welcome Mr Michael Eyestone, Canada’s Senior Trade Commissioner for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Riga and his first CanCham event. This signals a new stage in the development of opportunities for CanCham members.

Mr Eyestone is the first Canadian Trade Commissioner appointed by the Canadian Government to this region since 2002, and is stationed in Estonia filling the role of Canada’s representative in Tallinn reporting to H.E. Kevin Rex, Canadian Ambassador to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Although he took up this position in October, 2019, the first months were occupied arranging the state visit of Canada’s Governor General to Estonia and Lithuania late last year. Hence, work on enhancing Canada-Latvia economic and commercial relations began this year. 

Introductions to CanCham started with a “Late Lunch” with CanCham’s Board and Corporate members at 16.00, followed by the Focus on Canada: Trade, Business & Export Development event at 18.30, all taking place at the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel. 

Mr Eyestone’s presentation can be reviewed at Senior Trade Commissioner where he reviewed the role and objectives of Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Embassy. Mr Eyestone is currently formulating a strategy by which to implement Canadian Government policy and to enhance Canada-Latvia economic and commercial relations which could include:

  • encouraging partnerships between Canadian and Latvian entrepreneurs and companies,
  • working with partners (including the CanCham!) and leverage existing relationships,
  • exploiting diaspora connections,
  • raising awareness, attract attention and educate entrepreneurs about business cultures in Canada and Latvia: Seminars, trade missions, high-level visits
  • connecting Canadian and Latvian firms at trade shows in Europe and Canada
  • the need to focus on areas of particular promise and opportunity
 

This provides the CanCham with an excellent opportunity to fulfil its objective and participate in activities which will benefit its members and develop closer ties between Canada and Latvia.

Mr Eyestone’s presentation was followed by our new Corporate Contributing member, Savoie Arbitration’s owner Mr Pierre-Olivier Savoie’s presentation which can be reviewed at Savoie_Arbitration - CETA. Mr Savoie was involved in preparing CETA from the Canadian side, and provided some insight of what was considered when negotiating CETA and how it all developed, and outlined opportunities for SMEs in Canada and Latvia. Two facts were highlighted:

  • SME’s are not using the full advantages offered by CETA,
  • there are mechanisms within CETA to encourage its use.
 

These are opportunities that can and should be used, and the CanCham looks forward to doing so with the help of the Embassy.

We then had a special treat: a memorable wine tasting experience compliments of the Embassy of Canada to Latvia and presented by Tinto’s Arturs Buss for those with a taste for business and good wine. This was well received.

Announcements (see Announcements) preceded the above.

  • Corporate Contributing Members – Savoie Arbitration and the Exupery International School, and Senior Corporate Members Singh’s Restaurants and Indian Raja were recognized.
  • The following new members were introduced: Corporate Contributing - Savoie Arbitration, Senior Corporate – Indian Raja, Corporate – Enera, Ametros, Business – Latsweets, Riga Apartments, Riga Decorative Paining Workshop.
  • We thanked Medigas for the table decorations / pansies, the Canadian Embassy for sponsoring the wine tasting, and Latsweets for providing a wafer snack for all the guests.
 

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Upcoming Events
17.10.2019

AGM on October 7th at 18.30, Thanksgiving Dinner on October 14th at 18.30.

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